I have a love/hate relationship with to-do lists. Sometimes they help me stay on track and be motivated. Sometimes they make me feel like a failure. The hardest part is actually sitting down to write them. I write a lot of things on my “mental” to-do list, but truth be told, my mental capacity is not that great and I forget most of them…
My daughter and I went to a Mother/Daughter book club tonight at the bigger library in our closest town of reasonable size. The town we live in has a population of about 2,500 and has a nice library and great people, but the next larger town has an AWESOME children’s program with fabulous librarians and programs. We absolutely LOVE going there. The topic for the book club was Piper Reed, Campfire Girl: (Piper Reed No. 4). The book really cracked me up. If you aren’t familiar with the series, they tell the story of Piper Reed, a young military brat. I could sympathize with her life because I was a military brat myself until I started high school and I dealt with a lot of the same struggles Piper faces: moving a lot, constantly making new friends, and military rank / structure issues.
In case you’re wondering what Piper Reed and mother/daughter book clubs have to do with to-do lists, I’ll get to the point now. Piper Reed’s mother is an artist and HATES to-do lists and only makes them when absolutely necessary. She is contrasted by her career military husband who lives by his to-do list and often makes them for his wife… Again, I can sympathize. I know I should write them, I’m sometimes reminded to write them, yet something holds me back from doing it more often than I care to admit.
So anyway…enough rambling about to-do lists. Without further ado, here are my top priorities this week written down for all to see and for me to remember!
1. Make a dermatologist appointment for myself to have a thorough skin cancer screening.
2. Make eye-exam appointments for my two older children.
3. Clean the bathrooms.
4. Write out a basic homeschooling schedule for myself and my kids so we all have a routine to expect.
5. Make an appointment to have family pictures taken before my baby’s hip surgery.
6. Vacuum my van.
7. Pick all the remaining green tomatoes because cold weather is in the forecast.
8. Get back into the habit of doing my back exercises because I had surgery last year for a ruptured disk and my back recently starting bothering me again on the other side. Just lovely. Plus, my baby is about to get a lot heavier in an enormous cast and I need to be strong.
9. Pay property taxes.
10. Blog the next installment about our barn!
So, here are my questions to you: Are you a list person or not a list person? If you make lists, do you actually follow them? Do you write lists after the fact so you can cross items off? What are your biggest priorities this week?